There was no secret. Matheny put him in the long relief role that he only wanted to use in a precise situation and then never surrendered to being in that precise situation. It was a misuse of the roster, a willing acceptance of a 23- or 22-man roster for the biggest games of the season, and it didn't make sense at the time and it doesn't make sense now. Period. There isn't some coverup here that has a big reveal six years later. This was all covered at the time.
A fastball. And experience in relief for a team that wanted to have a seasoned vet out there. The manager and the front office felt that was important.
Forgive me. So many people want some sort of coach/coach/manager hybrid. I guess I wondered if you were fishing for that.
I appreciate you adding context to the trade Wong clamor. I get where you're coming from when you spell it out like this: I still think it's a bad idea. Pham obviously stands out the example of a recent deal that didn't turn up for the Cardinals, but I have noticed that Luke Voit doesn't get brought up much anymore in these chats. Is that because of Gallegos and his year and that he could be the closer for the opening part of 2020 -- or something else? If Genesis Cabrera puts on a spring push to be the top lefthanded starter on the roster, then does the Pham mention slowly drift from these questions, too? In that same regard, trading Wong right now would be unwise because there isn't a chance you're going to get a return on him that makes it make sense. You're not getting a cleanup hitter for him because why would a team with that cleanup hitter be in the market for a short-term, Gold Glove second baseman and not just sign a second base and go contend with the cleanup hitter? I don't see the trace elements of a deal here, or the reason to make one.
Probably the only person who would dare suggest such a thing in this chat. Imagine the replies if people could directly to you.
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I can say that. But you have to say it backward for it to come true. That's what I learned in the comic books.
If the Cardinals were the only team interested in winning it would definitely be easier for them to win, yes. Alas, other teams like to win, too.
Sooner than winning a division? You mean so they can clinch Sept. 15?
No, sir. It seems like he could thrive in that role. It's a fair question. But he'll do well.
It should. It does. And I continue to ask around a lot about this. The past two teams that have been successful for the Cardinals were this year's team and the 2015 team and both excelled at run prevention.
We do know for sure. It was not. An 83-win team won the World Series. To get to the World Series it had to reach the NLCS and face a super-talented Mets club that had one of the best players on the planet in the middle of its lineup. That was the most unexpected NLCS appearance in recent history, and they won it.
I wasn't aware that a division title clinched on Sept. 15 is different than the division title clinched on Sept. 21 or 28. Must be something new baseball is introducing. Thank you for educating us on this fact.
He came to them and offered, and they replied with an counteroffer, and he accepted.
They've announced multiple times that there are none on the major-league staff.
That is an entirely fair stance. You have never heard anything else from the chat. I don't recall using the word "spoiled" in this forum ever. But then I type a lot of words in here, and if someone wants to prove me wrong, fine. So be it. I think George's stance is fair, and that's the bar the Cardinals have set for themselves to be measured by. So do it.
Paul DeJong is the best shortstop on the roster.
OPS+ is a strong statistic, in my opinion. And a fair measurement of offensive production because it does take into account average vs. peers and ballpark.